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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 16, 2001


TAMPA -- Despite allowing five hits and retiring 11 consecutive batters at one point, pitcher John Gorham and his USF teammates fell 8-2 to No. 7 Miami on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes have won the last six meetings in the series as well as nine of the last 11. Gorham gave up four runs (three earned) and struck out three in 6 1/3 innings.

Miami (18-5) took a 1-0 lead in the first before USF (8-11) rallied with runs from Chris Cuccia and Ben Drawdy in the second and third innings. But that didn't last as Miami used a pair of singles, two stolen bases, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly to manufacture a pair of sixth-inning runs to take a 3-2 lead and eventually the game.

The Bulls (8-11) are in the midst of eight consecutive games against ranked opponents and have lost the first four. USF wraps up the stretch with a weekend series at No. 22 Tulane.

SOFTBALL: Bulls sophomore hurler Jamie Peterka earned the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 5-12. Peterka appeared in five games, picking up wins against Temple, Georgia Tech and Penn State. In addition to the three wins, Peterka also earned a save. In 23 1/3 innings, she struck out 23 batters and only allowed six walks. Peterka shared the C-USA honor with Nicole Bohnenstiehl of Saint Louis.

USF (20-16) is hosting the Clearwater Parks and Rec Tournament this weekend.

HONORS: USF athletes Kenyatta Jones (football) and Altron Jackson (basketball) recently earned some national recognition. The Feb. 27 cbs.sportsline.com's NFL page had a feature article on Jones, referring to him as the No. 2-rated tackle in the NFL draft after Florida's Kenyatta Walker. In fact, Sportsline predicted Jones would become the first of three USF football players to be drafted April 21 and 22, joining kicker Bill Gramatica and safety Anthony Henry.

Jackson, meanwhile, was mentioned in the Feb. 19 issue of The Sporting News as USF's best NBA draft prospect.

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